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January 2011 Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

I pray your Holiday Season was blessed and that this year will bring you many blessings and will be filled with Shalom and Favor.  How magnificent is our Messiah Yeshua HaMaschicak, He is truly worthy of our wholehearted love and allegiance.

Sunday, November 28th, I attended a dinner where over 100 young men and woman pastors and leaders were invited.  The turn out was twice what we expected.  As a result, a conference was held January 5 to 8th.   Please stand in prayer with us as God unveils the mission and purpose of this group of “Upcoming Ministers” and their impact in Uganda and the nations!

I spent Christmas weekend with the ATK (Advancing the Kingdom) Ministries staff, orphans and church in Nawensaga village. Over 650 people attended the Christmas celebration Saturday afternoon; of which about half were non-believing Muslims and the rest were the Muslim believers who attend ATK church regularly.  It was an exciting time.  (Sorry no pictures my camera is not working)

The Lord continues to hide me in the secret place, staying low, staying slow, and staying close to the heart of God.  During these quiet close times the Lord has been showing me more and more our authority and power in the Holy Spirit.  It is about our ability in God to walk in confidence, yet with humility, to overcome in every area of our life.

2010 was a challenging year and as I contemplated on what was ahead in 2011, Holy Spirit lead me to Heb 12:1-2.   “Therefore, we also since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  I don’t have the space or time to expound on this now, but will in another article.  Suffice it to say, God is sovereign and it is all about the issues of our heart: our attitudes, especially during challenges.  We must never take our eyes of Jesus.

I continue to intercede for Israel and the Uganda Presidential Elections, which are to be held February 18th.   Please pray God’s will be done. The outcomes of African Presidential Elections are not as predictable as they are in America.  Pray for safe, orderly and honest administration of the voting process for both pre and post Election Day.

I was part of the drama team at Victory City Church (VCC) Ntinda Christmas Program entitled “The Promised Messiah” which was presented on Sunday December 12th.  It was a great opportunity to impart some of my own theatre background experience and it was great fun! I also had the privilege to teach on the Father Heart of God at the VCC youth camp, January 12th. The Holy Spirit showed up in a powerful way and many lives were touched with the love of the Father during the camp.

Bishop/Evangelist Godfrey Mawa, founder of www.commissionsintrnational.com, who is in our discipleship group, invited me to join him to speak at an Annual International Youth Camp on Friday January 7th.  The theme was Youth Revival Camp – Empowering to Stand.   Bishop commented that what I shared was very powerful and the Director of the camp invited me to return next year.  To God be the Glory! I will be joining Bishop Godfrey Mawa, at the opening celebration of the 2011 school year at Makerere University, the first weekend in February.

Our discipleship group resumed Jan 18th. We have started studying the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.   More pastors and leaders have asked to join and we have opened up the group to a maximum of 15.  This pastors and leaders are part of the “upcoming ministers” of Uganda.  Due to the busy schedules we will be meeting 2 times per month.  Please keep them in your prayers so they stay focused and committed to going deeper into the heart of God, consecrating their lives to Jesus.   During our last meeting each member shared the importance of this group and they decided that they decided they will continue to meet indefinitely.  This is great news!

There is a great need in Uganda and other places I have traveled, amount the younger generation.  Woundedness and insecurity has filled their hearts and discipleship is the answer to healing and empowerment.  However, discipleship comes at a great price by both, those doing the discipling, as well as those being discipled. It requires self-sacrifice; discipline and commitment form both sides.  I have come to better understand the scripture in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

I will be ministering again in Gulu the end of March, with Northern Uganda Intercessors and will be visiting property about 17 miles from Gulu center, that has been given to Heaven on Earth Ministries to develop an orphanage, church and community center.   I also have had a number of recent invitations to go up to the Northern Uganda minister and encourage pastors who work in the karamoja region working with the karamjong.   I recently met an 80 young missionary from Wisconsin who is working in that area, building a community center and orphanage.  How cool is that!   I really feel the spirit of God in the direction of going to the Northern area.

I have also been invited to Kenya in April to speak at a women’s conference and have been invited by one of our pastors in our discipleship group to join him in speaking to the youth and pastors in Malawi.   I still have a standing invitation to go to Burundi this year and back to Rwanda.  I not these next months will be busy so I will wait on the Lord for direction and of course finances.

I just return from a week in Jinja and the ATK village base, ministering at the Saturday night worship service and again during the service Sunday morning.  After service a group of four of us ministered at the prison in the area and as the Good News was preached, the prisoners were very attentive and most received Jesus Christ as their savior.  We then attended the evening service at another new ATK church plant in the village.  God showed up as expected and the presence of God was there. It was a very powerful weekend and I am blessed to be a part of what God is doing in that Muslim area.  Dr. Cliff and Julie recently return to the states for a couple of months.

I continue to work with Dr. Cliff Pash and ATK, in Jinja and the village one week each month.  Until I am able to complete my 501/3C for TouchingHearts Int. Ministries, Dr. Cliff has offered to have my support and donations sent to ATK (Advancing the Kingdom) Ministries for tax deductions.  Write ATK Ministries on your check and insert in the envelope with a slip of paper designating the funds go to Jo Anna Watson of TouchingHearts Int. Ministries.  Thank you and May God Bless you.  Advancing The Kingdom, P.O. Box 3321 Lawrence, KS 66046

The school year is beginning in February and I am requesting help with sponsorship for school fees for David who has been such a help to me.  He has not finished his secondary schooling, which is equivalent to high school diploma.  Without a certificate from secondary school it is next to impossible to find a good job even as a Mechanic.

School fees per semester are equivalent to approx. $200 plus transportation about $3.00 each day.  I beseech you to partner with me in helping fulfill David’s dream of finishing school.  I appreciate any amount you can provide.  Again I remind you these young people are the next leaders of Uganda.  Approximately 77% of the population in Uganda is under 30 and more than half of them have not been properly educated or finished school.  I am constantly being asked to help with school fess, however I am only one person and with your help, I can touch the one God has placed in my path. Education is one way that we can help to empower an individual to be a productive member of society.  Even the Scriptures say, “that without knowledge the people perish.”

There is a great need throughout the nations and one person or ministry can not do it alone, but when many hands help the burden is lessened and the Kingdom of God is advanced.  When I hear testimonies, especially from the younger generation whom I am ministering and touching their hearts with the love of God, I am encouraged and convinced that God has called me to Uganda for such a time as this.

Some are called to “Go” to other lands to advance the Kingdom of God, some are called to stay and support financially and in prayer.  Even so, we are all partners in advancing the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Again thank you so much for your continued support, both financially and through prayer.

Love and Shalom, Jo Anna

An Ambassador of love for Christ to the Nations!

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